When we started really planning our trip the one thing that would make us second guess what we were doing was the fact we’d be taking the kids away from their family and friends.
We live really close to all our family and see them all on a regular basis. The kids have cousins very similar ages that they love to play with, and they’ve always had close relationships with all their grandparents.
So you can imagine that we felt like complete a***holes for packing up and moving away from them all.
But we really feel that we’re giving our kids an amazing, life-changing experience. At ten months and two years old, these kids have already seen more of Australia then some people I know. Yes, they’re not going to remember a lot of it. But we hope that it’s going to help shape them into appreciative, accepting, humble, well-mannered and open-minded young humans. People who desire to live a fulfilling life, who understand that less is more and that chase their dreams, no matter how big they seem.
We want them to grow up knowing that home is where we’re together. We don’t have a big or extravagant house, instead, we live in a 13m2 caravan, which contains our bedrooms, our living area, our kitchen and our bathroom. This is everything we have. It’s not the size of the house that matters, it’s the love that’s contained within those walls, and let me tell you, there’s a whole lot of love inside these caravan walls. Each day as we settle into this new life and find our groove even more, it just gets better and better.
We live in such a material world. We want them to know that they don’t need much stuff at all to be happy and we’re showing them that first hand by living minimally. They don’t have iPads or DVD players in the car and they’ve got hardly any toys in the caravan. Yet they’re busy all day long. Busy outside in nature, walking, swimming, imaginative play, drawing, helping to cook or set up the caravan, or talking to new people.
They are both learning so much. Kawhi has already grown so much showing greater confidence and resilience. He’s becoming even more of an extrovert, he can strike up a conversation with anyone that we pass and his manners are exceptional. Luna is also thriving having both her parents around all day every day and it’s so good that Adam’s here all the time so he doesn’t miss any of her milestones.
But it’s not just the kids that are learning, we are too. These two kids are teaching us so much every single day. They see the world a whole different way through their innocent eyes and they share it with us – by pointing out things, by asking (what feels like) hundreds of questions and by their observations. They notice the tiniest, most beautiful details that we as adults will often miss. They express themselves freely, whether they’re happy or sad, without a care what other people might think. They love us unconditionally regardless of what kind of mood we’re in.
These are just some of the reasons why we think it’s been worth taking them away from our village. The more time we spend on the road the more we know that we made the right decision, not only for now but for the future. And each time we make it to a new caravan park, they find other kids to play with and there’s always a grey nomad or two who is more than happy to play the ‘adopted grandparent’ role while we’re there.
Above all, we hope when they’re older and they look back at this time of their lives, they know we did it for them. Adam left his job and we got rid of almost all our things to give them what we think, is the best start possible to their lives. But also, we’re giving them the greatest gift you can possibly give someone, and that’s our time. Because before we know it, they’ll be teenagers, then moved out of home, and married with kids of their own. It’s such a special time now that we’ll never get back.